Libby and Alex. That’s what we’ve always been called, pretty much ever since Alex was born. Hey, where’s Libby and Alex? Signed, Libby and Alex. Everything was Libby and Alex. We were really close when we were little. There was a brief few years where we weren’t as close; the years of adolescence where we were too busy figuring ourselves out to really talk to one another. But then as we grew older and realised how important and special it was to have a sibling, we became SUPER close.
I actually feel bad for people who get stuck in a conversation with the both of us. We have this tendency to start telling inside jokes, quoting silly films or TV shows, or singing songs out loud. Disney is a favourite.
There’s one thing about being a sibling that sometimes strains our relationship. Being compared with one another is always a constant presence in our lives. I asked her what she thought the weakest aspect about herself is, and she said it was self-doubt. She has this inclination to compare herself to not only me, but the whole world around her. It can cause rifts between us as siblings, and as friends. I do agree that self-deprecation is a strong weakness in my sister’s life, but it’s something she needs to get over herself, in her own terms. That’s the only way, really.
When I asked her if she could name a turning point in her life, she said that it was during her exam time, when she was around 15, when she realised that she was so much more comfortable around her family than she is around her supposed friends at school. I asked her if she considered family more important than friendship, and she said ‘definitely.’ She thinks it’s the hardest thing to work at because you’re always with them, and because there’s a part of you that assumes they’ll always be nice to you because they’re your family. But it’s the most rewarding, because in the end, they’re your family.
I asked her about the concept of blood being thicker than water, and she said that she’d like to think so since she knows people who consider their friends closer than they’re family, but in our case, since our family is so close, she would consider blood thicker than water.
I agree in that it does depend on each family. No relationship is the same, every single one is unique. My relationship with my sister just happens to be really strong, and I’m lucky for that. She is the funniest person I know, hands down. And even though we’ve had our fights, I wouldn’t trade her for the world, and… yeah. That’s Libby and Alex.